Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|This Mexican release is an interesting artifact of the record business. Credited to Los Persuaders, two track are from The Hollywood Persuaders sessions, and two from The Teen Beats featuring Don Rivers and the Califfs. Both were Paul Buff Original Sound sessions.|
Picks: Tijuana, El Surf Del Califa, A Ritmo De Surf
Track by Track Review
TJB Surf (Instrumental)
Reverbed second guitar, and a huge debt owed to Balboa Stomp and Herb Alpert by Paul Buff's studio band on this one. It's so very close to Surfers Stomp with just slight variations created by the organ in the breaks and a twinge of the Tijuana Brass. Frank Zappa probably played guitar. Not surfy at all, but a cool tune. Also issued as "Tijuana Surf."
"El Surf Del Califa" doesn't appear anywhere else that I can find. It's a rhythm progression number with a rough jam sound. Not even remotely surf, but certainly from the period and session cauldron. No real melody, just writhing rhythms and raw energy.
"Juarez" is likely from the same session that produced "Tijuana Surf," because the style, instrumentation, and production are very similar, as is the melody structure. Not more than just OK.
"A Ritmo De Surf" is from the same writer and session as "El Surf Del Califa." It's more melodic and surfable, but still more jam than song. That said, it has dry muted rhythm patterns and interesting rhythms.